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Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game just hours after Melky Cabrera was formally suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game just hours after Melky Cabrera was formally suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The two biggest story lines Wednesday evening and yesterday were the Melky Cabrera PED suspension, and the Felix Hernandez perfect game. The latter occurred second, and got at least as much attention as the Cabrera news. Think Melky owes Felix a fruit basket?

  • Red Sox President Larry Lucchino says that the Red Sox brand has been damaged during the ugly past year and a half, but they'll be back. "Every franchise, every brand goes through rough times. No one is immune to the hills and valleys," Lucchino said. "We've had a long run of success. We've created very high expectations for the franchise. Sometimes those high expectations are not met, and the result is a reduction, a hit to the brand and to the team and to the fan base. If it's broke, we'll fix it." Lucchino made sure to also give manager Bobby Valentine another vote of confidence, stating plainly that Valentine will be the manager of the team through the end of the season.
  • Lucchino added that the report about Red Sox players meeting with management and ownership to inform them of their problems with Bobby Valentine was "exaggerated and inaccurate." What else is he going to say?
  • Roberto Hernandez - formerly Fausto Carmona - is finally back and pitching in the big leagues after a tumultuous offseason and first few months of the season. He just finished serving a three-week suspension, during which he aged three years, from 28 to 31.
  • Beyond the Boxscore looks at what's up with Hunter Pence's down season (and particularly down time in San Francisco).
  • The Padres' sale has been approved by MLB owners, and is now official. The price is around $800 million, and the new owners are led by the family of Peter O'Malley, who formerly owned the Dodgers.
  • Some sad news out of Toronto: last night's White Sox/Blue Jays game was delayed in the 7th inning while a fan in the stands received emergency medical attention, including CPR. The fan later passed away at a hospital.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.